KINGS PARK, N.Y. — Long-time soccer executive Jim Kilmeade has been named executive director of the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame, the organization announced Sunday.
The Fort Solonga, N.Y. resident succeeds Paul LeSeuer, who passed away earlier this year.
Kilmeade, who was raised in Massapequa, N.Y., played soccer in his hometown and at Hofstra University. He either has played for or been associated with New York Arrows, New York Nationals, FILA and Umbro. Kilmeade eventually became general manager of the Long Island Rough Riders and was named U.S. Interregional Soccer League GM of the year 1995, helping the club capture the national championship and organization of the year honors.
“I created the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame to honor Long Island’s rich soccer past, and I am honored to have someone like Jim Kilmeade help lead us into the future,” Hall of Fame founder Kevin L. McCrudden said in a statement. “Jimmy lead one of the greatest collections of players in American soccer history in the 1995 USL Champion Long Island Rough Riders … and frankly positioned himself as one of the leading soccer people in America. He could have gone anywhere but chose to stay here on Long Island for his family. Not only is he a great ‘soccer person,’ Jim Kilmeade is a great human being and the kind of leader we need more of.”
Kilmeade is also a professional synthetic turf builder across the United States and has directed national soccer field development for Sprinturf and ATURF. He is also an executive with BQE Soccer Partners and a LISPHOF member.
“I am proud to accept the position as executive director for the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame and hope to continue the great work of my good friend and Long Island soccer legend, Paul LeSueur,” Kilmeade said in a statement. “Having had the privilege of being a board of directors member and event MC since the LIPHOF’s inception, it is a unique opportunity to be part of and expand my role for identifying and honoring the great men and woman soccer players of Long Island.”
Kim Wyant, the only women’s head coach of an NCAA men’s soccer team in the country (New York University), the first U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper and a Hall of Fame board member, praised Kilmeade.
“Jimmy is a total professional as well as an encyclopedia of knowledge about Long Island soccer and will be a perfect successor to the great Paul LeSueur,” she said.
Former Adelphi University men’s coach Bob Montgomery, a LIJSL Hall of Fame member and former director of player development for the Red Bulls agreed.
“I am excited with the selection of Jim Kilmeade,” he said. “Jim’s commitment to the game of soccer on Long Island is evidenced by his service over the past 25 years. His extensive experience as a player, coach and administrator will be a great benefit in leading and growing the organization.”
McCrudden praised LeSueur’s leadership role and impact on the LI soccer community.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have some of the leading names in soccer on Long Island on our Board of Advisors: Addie Mattei-laia, Bob Montgomery, Kim Wyant, John Fitzgerald, Sue Ryan, Jim Kilmeade, Pat Grecco and Michael Lewis,” he said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we lost our first executive director Paul LeSeuer earlier this year. Paul was a legendary figure in soccer on Long Island. He played for the New York Cosmos, was part of the first class of the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame and was a well-respected long-time coach and mentor in Nassau County and Garden City. A true leader of our soccer community and a gentleman.”